Union Budget 2022 | People friendly; creates new opportunities for jobs and growth, says PM Modi

He said the provisions in the Union Budget also aim to make agriculture lucrative and full of new opportunities

February 01, 2022 05:24 pm | Updated 10:03 pm IST - New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers his remarks on Union Budget 2022-23, via video-conferencing, in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers his remarks on Union Budget 2022-23, via video-conferencing, in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed the Union Budget as being a "people friendly and progressive budget" and one that brings in new hopes and opportunities for the people. In a televised statement after the presentation in Parliament, he complimented Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and said the Budget addressed both long term economic growth goals and relief for the poor.

“It strengthens the economy; it's full of 'more infrastructure, more investment, more growth and more jobs'. There is also a new provision of green jobs; Budget ensures a bright future for youth," Mr. Modi added.

The Prime Minister pointed out that allocations in the Budget for drinking water and for homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana were aimed at helping the poor. “Every poor person should have a pucca house, water available in taps, availability of toilets and gas facility, and all these have been given special attention,” he said.

Apart from welfare schemes for the poor, connectivity has also been given full importance, he said. For the first time in the country, he added, the Parvatmala scheme has been launched for areas such as Himachal, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast to enhance connectivity.

Also read: Union Budget 2022 highlights | Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman raises wager on capex push for growth, jobs

"This scheme will create a modern system of transportation on the mountains," he said.

Mr. Modi said an important step has been taken for the "welfare of the farmers along with the faith of the people of India — the cleaning of Ganga."

"In Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, along with the Ganges, natural farming, to bring down the use of harmful chemicals on the banks of the Ganga, will also be encouraged," he said.

The Budget, he said, has brought new confidence to usher in development in the midst of one the most terrible calamities in 100 years, a reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.